Trouble in Phoenix
Coach Wayne Gretzky scratched center Jeremy Roenick from Tuesday's game because of "back spasms."It's been an unbelievably awful season for JR, his second terrible campaign in a row, and I wouldn't be surprised in the least to see him follow in Brett Hull's footsteps and retire midseason. He simply doesn't have it — and hasn't for a while.
Roenick, who spoke of back pain after Monday's game vs. San Jose, did not like Gretzky's decision to bench him and abruptly left General Motors Place upon hearing the news a few hours before the game.
It was not immediately known if Roenick returned to the arena to watch the game.
Roenick has one goal and six points in 28 games this season, complemented nicely by a -9 rating. He's 15 goals shy of the 500-mark, ----------- Roenick: Me did bad.
a number it's quite possible he'll